Just peachy fun in Garrettsville

By Dan Pompili | Staff Writer Published:

Anyone looking for a peach of a good time need look no further than Garrettsville today.

The annual Peach Social Car Cruise will start at 5 p.m. behind the Garrettsville-Freedom-Nelson Fire Department.

The 15th annual event will keep the classic traditions alive, said Mayor Rick Patrick -- peach pies, fresh peaches, ice cream, music and of course, the favorite car cruise-in.

Patrick said the village used to hold a strawberry social but it "fizzled out."

When officials decided to try the model with a different fruit, they advertised in several publications, including a local car magazine, even though the event wasn't planned as a car show.

"When the guy wrote up the ad, he must have forgotten and wrote that it was a car show," Patrick said. "I said, 'Well, I guess people are going to show up with their classic cars so we better be prepared for a car show.'"

Last year, Patrick said, more than 200 people showed up with their cars and the event couldn't hold any more. He expects the same this year, he said.

"I think if you had to keep one to the exclusion of some others, this is the one everybody wants," he said. "The weather is perfect, and it'll be packed."

The event is free to the public and features live entertainment from the Center Stage Band -- who have played the event since it started -- playing music from the 50s, 60s, 70s and beyond.

There will be trophies for the car winners, a 50/50 raffle and door prizes. Judging will begin at about 7 p.m. And winners of the car show and 50/50 raffle will be announced at 8 p.m.

And there will be peaches. Were peaches mentioned?

At least 60 peach pies will be served up.

"That's grown, I think we had 30 the first year," Patrick said. "Last year we had 50 and that wasn't enough, so this year, I said lets go with 60 and see what happens."

Patrick said community members gathered at his house Friday night to peel peaches to go with the ice cream. And pies were baked either Friday or this morning.

Contact this reporter at 330-298-1127 or dpompili@recordpub.com

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